Has our society become that sensitive that if someone politically disagrees with you, you think you have the right to shoot your ‘opponent’? This is NUTS!
An argument over presidential politics at an East Side bar ended when a man shot another man in the leg.
The accused shooter, a 45-year-old Cleveland man, has not been formally charged and is not in custody. The 60-year-old shooting victim remained hospitalized as of Tuesday.
The men met on the back patio of Winston’s Bar, near East 131st Street and Miles Avenue, about 5 p.m., according to a police report.
The men, who are both regulars at the bar, started talking about the presidential election. It’s unclear which candidates the men supported, but the discussion escalated into a shouting match.
The bar’s owner jumped in to separate them, and brought the 60 year old into the bar. The 45 year old walked around the outside of the building and through the front door, which has a sticker declaring no firearms are allowed inside the bar.
The argument rekindled.
The 45-year-old man pulled a pistol from his pants and opened fire. His debate partner suffered a single gunshot to the leg.
The man was sentenced in April to 18 months of probation after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge related to a May 7, 2015 incident at the same bar.